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Sports - March 11, 2019

Bouteflika Scuttles Plan To Run For Fifth Term

Emeka Nnaike

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced that he will not run for a fifth term on Monday, after weeks of protests calling for the ailing leader to step down.

The presidency also announced the postponement of the presidential election, which had been scheduled for April.

In a message carried by the official APS news agency on Monday, Bouteflika also said the elections would follow a national conference on political and constitutional reform to be carried out by the end of 2019.

“There will be no presidential election on April 18,” he said in reference to the scheduled date of the vote, adding that he was responding to a “pressing demand that you have been numerous to make”.

The 82-year old, who ascended into power in 1999, has been confined to a wheelchair since suffering a stroke in 2013.

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